Dallas Book Signing & Birthday

Last Saturday on my husband’s birthday, he drove me to Dallas for a book signing at the Half Price Books Flagship store. Now normally, he’d have been at work, so this was a work and  birthday sacrifice. He’s a very good guy.

I couldn’t have gone without him driving me. Since then I’ve actually driven a bit on some back roads, but even now I’m nowhere near ready for a drive to Dallas.


Not to mention that this Half Price Book Store is ginormous! 55,000 square feet! I wish I’d gotten a picture. While I used my walker, we also took the lighter weight wheel chair that requires someone to push it. A good thing. There’s no way I could’ve made it just with the walker to the room they had us set up in or to the restroom clean on the other side of the building and back without Bob’s pushing me. Did I say this store was huge? IMG_4140  IMG_4143(1)

The book signing was set up by Cheryl Letsch and her partner JoAnna Grace of Y R & PR company.They manage my FB author page and my newsletter and keep this blog updated. Very good people. Here’s their web site for my author friends. http://www.yandrpr.com/

It was nice to meet others they represent. I’d never gotten around to doing a book signing for my 4th book, ACT OF TRUST, Book 2 Second Chances Series. While I still need to do that here in Fort Worth, this kind of jump-started my planning for the next event.

IMG_4152 Bob & me  IMG_4153 Friend Dede, Our Daughter Kathryn, Granddaughter Lilly.

It should’ve happened in the spring or at least this summer. But you know what happened to the spring—getting our house ready to sell and selling it & finishing up the redo on the lakehouse. I couldn’t wrap my head around anything else. Then, this summer, we’ve spent dealing with my broken ankle and torn ligament.

IMG_4156 Daughter Laura, Granddaughter Sarah, SIL Kevin, Kat’s son Nelson.

Thank God for physical therapists as I wrote last week. Real miracle workers. I’m walking with a cane and actually drove to PT Wednesday afternoon!

Now, I’m fine-tuning THE THEATRE, which I only pulled out the last couple of weeks to work on so I can send it off my editor. I’d like to get it released this fall sometime. Maybe I can set up the book signing for ACT OF TRUST in September and then get THE THEATRE released in late October with a book signing for November.

Wow! I’ve got a lot to do! One of the things I learned from the author sitting next to me, Barbara Devlin, a historical writer who has sold a gazillion books is that I need to work more on the business of writing.

Check her out. Here’s her web site. http://barbaradevlin.com/

So that’s my goal for the rest of the year. Work, work, work. I fear I’ve gotten spoiled by this time when I couldn’t physically do stuff (like writing or finishing up the house. Reading bunches of books straight through has been delicious and is addictive! I think you can get tired of eating ice cream if you eat too much. I’m not sure I’ve gotten tired of reading all these lovely romantic suspense authors. I’ll be telling you about some of them in future posts.

We did celebrate Bob’s BD that evening with friends and family at Lucile’s in Fort Worth as the pics above attest. These pictures were supplied by my friend Julie Miers. FullSizeRender(69) Her husband Gene is my accountant and was the model for the accountant in VERMONT ESCAPE.

Do you like attending book signings? Or do you only read e-books, so the “real” book isn’t important for you? For those of you in the DFW Metroplex, have you ever gone to the Flagship store for Half Price Books in Dallas? For those of you away, do you have a Half Price Books in your area? Love to hear from you.

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11 responses to “Dallas Book Signing & Birthday

  1. Happy birthday to your DH! Glad you had fun at the signing. The only ones I’ve ever gone to have been at conventions–probably quite different from a bookstore. Maybe when I print my books I’ll give it a try.
    Good luck with the ankle.

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    • Hey, Kate. I’ll pass on your good wishes. I went to a couple of book signings before I had print books, and it just wasn’t the same. I tried making up some cards, that the readers could use with the link on it, but it just didn’t work. Printing books is expensive, but I have a group of readers who really do like the feel of a book in their hands. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  2. I love the photos of your book signing and your family. I hope you did well. You looked great and had a very professional area, as always.

    I can’t say I’ve intentionally been to book signings. I’ve happened upon them when in a bookstore. Yours sound like a lot of fun!

    Happy Birthday to DH!

    I’m happy you are doing so well, Marsha, walking, driving, P.T., etc.

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    • Hey, Susan. When you get your print copies of your first books, you need to do a book signing. Should be pretty easy to set up in a smaller town type setting. Businesses are more welcoming to local authors it seems to me. Bob had a nice BD with family and friends. I’ll pass on your greetings. Boy did I over do at the grocery store today. Just stupid, and I’m really hurting! Going to put up my foot and add ice for a bit. Thanks for stopping by. and for sharing.


  3. Great photos Marsha. I felt like I was looking over your shoulder as I read the post. I’m amazed by how much you are getting done despite moving and your ankle injury.
    Cheering for you from Canada,
    And happy bday to Bob. He is such a special man.

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    • Hey, Jo-Ann. I got that folksy style from you,you know. Always loved your blogs posts about Italy. I have no desire to go there. Practically sacrilege, right? But I feel like I’ve been there from those posts. That’s when I started following you. 🙂 Because I’m moving more, I now am getting antsy to finish the house. Just not quite there yet…but soon. Sorry it took me so long to respond. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I’m with Jo-Ann, Marsha, I’m in awe of how much you’ve managed to achieve this year. How kind of your husband to take you to the store on his birthday. I’m really lucky to say my husband would have done the same. How brilliant it would be if they could have spent the day together 🙂
    I totally empathise with your reading and never getting tired of it. I’m very curious to know what books you’ve been reading and what you recommend. I look forward to that post.
    Great to see you are getting about. And a belated happy birthday to your husband!

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    • He Helena. I do have on my bucket list (and before I get to old to make it happen. LOL) another trip to GB. l’d love for us to get together. If you come to NYC. Make sure to let me know. We could meet up there.
      I’m looking forward to writing up the couple of posts about my books. It will make me check them out again. Always fun to do. Sorry for the delayed response. We’ve had some thunder storms knocking out power periodically. So I just shut down the computer. Thanks for stopping by.

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